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28 July 2011 @ 03:30 pm
Are you there, livejournal? It's me, Michael.
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
19 October 2010 @ 01:11 pm
So this is how my brain works. I'm listening to this show on Radiolab about sleep (http://www.radiolab.org/2007/may/24/). Part of the show is about sleep and memory, and they say people are more likely to remember something if it's related to an emotional event. So it occurs to me that if you really want someone to remember something, you should smack them. "Don't forget to take the roast out of the freezer." Smack! That made me wonder if all of those football coaches actually have it right. By yelling at the player, they are creating a strong emotional experience that may help the player remember what they need to do.
Then I thought, that's kind of like negative reinforcement. I wonder if a positive experience would work better. So that experiment would be, tell people to remember a number that's long enough that people remember it about half of the time, then smack them, or show them your boobs*, or do nothing. Then a couple of minutes later, you would ask them to repeat the number, and we see which treatment gives the best results. My money is on boobs.

*Ok, I don't actual have boobs, and whether or not that would be a positive emotional experience would depend on the subject, and the boobs. It's a thought experiment, but some researcher has come up with a consistent, repeatable positive emotional experience that can be used.
21 July 2009 @ 12:06 am
Summer Squash Quiche

It's Monday night, the next CSA pick-up is tomorrow, and I still have a bunch of produce I haven't cooked. What to do?
Squash Quiche.
Grate all of the summer squash (I had about a pound, but I think the quiche could handle two). Salt liberally, and set aside for 20-30 minutes while you prepare everything else.
Prepare a pie shell (blind baking optional)
Render fat from 2-3 oz pancetta, diced small.
Sweat a few shallots in the fat. Add some garlic when it gets soft, and saute until fragrant (30-60 sec.) and kill the heat.
I a medium mixing bowl combine three eggs and 1 1/2 cups half-and-half.
Squeeze the water out of the squash (a salad spinner works).
Dump the squash into the pancetta and shallot mixture (thereby warming the squash and cooling the pancetta).
Dump the squash/shallot mixture into the eggs, Grate in some Parm (or Gruyére), and mix to combine. Pour into pie shell(s), grate some more cheese on top, and bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes.
Serve hot, warm, or cold with a salad for a very tasty meal or two that uses a lot of CSA veggies.

Would also be good with the addition of goat cheese and mushrooms (a la Mike Roller), or some wilted greens in the mix.</p>
26 March 2009 @ 01:33 pm
Two friends got together after summer vacation. The first asked, "How did your summer go?"
"Well, I went to England and had dinner with the Queen."
"After that, we went to France on the first Express Train through the new tunnel"
"Then we went to Rome and I had an audience with the Pope."
"Well, enough about me, what did you do this summer?"
"I went to Charm School."
"Ha ha, what ever did you learn in Charm School?"
"I learned to say 'Fantastic" instead of "Bullshit".
24 January 2009 @ 10:18 pm

What are you thinking?, originally uploaded by McGinnes.

If that nickel can save a child's life, why are you sending it to me? I'm just going to buy a gum ball with it.

17 December 2008 @ 12:04 pm

Urbanite Paradox_3255.jpg, originally uploaded by McGinnes.

A true paradox for the environmentally and socially conscious coffee lover. It's "Fair Trade" coffee, but having a cup creates an astonishing amount of trash.

04 May 2008 @ 09:30 pm

100_1057.JPG, originally uploaded by McGinnes.

I'm special dammit!

02 April 2008 @ 10:29 am

Dear ******* Customer:, originally uploaded by McGinnes.

Dear Asshole Customer,

For years people have complained that airline food was barely edible. We are committed to making that more true today than it has even been, but we were not satisfied with giving our customers a hermetically sealed bag of trans-fat crackers, some cheese food like product, and a slim-jim knock-off for a six hour coast-to-coast flight.
With today's announcement we are removing all incentive for us to provide you with an edible meal with your $400 airline ticket. We will now be serving crap that would make a billy-goat puke. If you don't like it, you can whip out your credit card and pay top-dollar for the kind of food you used to complain about. To help you rationalize the expense, we've given a lot of money to a quasi-celebrity chef to put his name on our boxes. It's every thing you expect from a high-end restaurant experience except fresh ingredients will prepared, and served by friendly and attentive staff. Hey, the tuna tartar looks good, how long was it no the tarmac?

Delta: We get you there....eventually...most of the time.

28 February 2008 @ 05:44 pm

100_0889.JPG, originally uploaded by McGinnes.

I now have tangible evidence that I have actually received my Masters degree from the University of Florida. I am unspeakable happy. Its real! Just today I wondered if there wasn't some secret task that the university required that I hadn't completed, possibly involving a long sea voyage and a dragon.